The 12 Most Dangerous Companies of 2019

June 17, 2019
A look at the "Dirty Dozen" companies who do a better job at PR than at protecting their workers and their communities.

Time again to look at the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health’s (National COSH) annual list of the 12 companies—a so-called “Dirty Dozen”—they deem to be the absolute worst when it comes to putting their employees in harm's way, due to unsafe practices.

First, the disclaimer: National COSH is an advocacy group whose aims include establishing and strengthening unions. And many of the companies on this list have resisted efforts by organized labor to unionize their workforces (see "Do Unions Make the Workplace Safer?").

Even so, these companies made the list for activities that are truly egregious, though there doesn’t seem to be a consistent set of metrics used to weigh the infractions of, say, a small construction company where a fatality occurred versus a social media platform that requires its workers to look at grisly videos throughout the day. EHS Today invited National COSH to explain exactly how the Dirty Dozen are chosen, which you can read in their commentary: How National COSH Picks the Dirty Dozen: "We Listen to Workers.”

The good news, according to National COSH data, is that workplace fatalities in the U.S. are on the decline. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics notes that there were 5,147 deaths from workplace trauma in 2017, a drop of 0.8% from 2016, so not exactly a huge improvement. The bad news is that the overall trend shows that workplace deaths are up by 11% since 2012.

“We can make our workplace safer, if we listen to workers and take action to reduce hazards on the job,” says Marcy Goldstein-Gelb, co-executive director of National COSH. “There is no reason to tolerate irresponsible behavior by employers who fail to provide a safe workplace—and force workers and families to pay the price.”

The following slides examine why these 12 companies appear on the 2019 “Dirty Dozen” list. And if you'd like to see the previous year's list, click on the following link:

The 12 Most Dangeours Companies of 2018

About the Author

Dave Blanchard | Editor-in-Chief / Senior Director of Content

During his career Dave Blanchard has led the editorial management of many of Endeavor Business Media's best-known brands, including IndustryWeek, EHS Today, Material Handling & Logistics, Logistics Today, Supply Chain Technology News, and Business Finance. In addition, he serves as senior content director of the annual Safety Leadership Conference. With over 30 years of B2B media experience, Dave literally wrote the book on supply chain management, Supply Chain Management Best Practices (John Wiley & Sons, 2021), which has been translated into several languages and is currently in its third edition. Prior to joining Endeavor/Informa/Penton, he spent a decade covering the artificial intelligence industry. He is a frequent speaker and moderator at major trade shows and conferences, and has won numerous awards for writing and editing. He is a voting member of the jury of the Logistics Hall of Fame, and is a graduate of Northern Illinois University. 

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